Friday, 26 April 2013

If Things Go Quiet ...

Life is rather sweet at Puddlecote Inc. at the moment.

We've recently been taking contracted work away from competitors, which is always a nice feeling, but along with the increased turnover comes the increase in bureaucracy with tricky legal TUPE transfers to be negotiated with each new member of staff. Guess who has to do that.

Another part of our business has been quietly blossoming with regular work burgeoning from three sites of one client. So pleased are they with our service that there is great potential from other sites ... and we've just found out they have around sixteen of them! We've tentatively engaged a business development professional on a commission basis and are hopeful of some good business to come. If he pulls it off, we could be adding to our staffing by around 20% in a very short space of time. Of course, if it does, your tabloid-gushing host is going to be mighty busy with presentations, price negotiations, and recruitment while our fleet and maintenance team suffer cold sweats at the thought of vehicle sourcing and the nightmare of inspection lunacy and other nonsensical red tape they are going to be put through.

To complement, our website is in need of a comprehensive overhaul (hence a meeting with our designers last week) and there is even a new off-shoot venture being contemplated which promises to be very lucrative but also labour intensive.

Then there are the usual woes resulting in the recent end of the tax year, domestic obligations which will be familiar to anyone with pre-teen kids and ... the cricket season has started!

This is my roundabout way of saying that posts might be sparse or non-existent on these pages for the next couple of weeks. Regular readers will have noticed that there has been a slowdown already, well now you know why.

In light of all this, jewel-robbing fun may be significantly - but only temporarily - curtailed for a while.

In the meantime, if you haven't already, please do follow my Twitter feed where I often link to articles I'd dearly love to write about if I had the time (I'll work out how to do a widget here for it one day, promise!).


Junican said...

Good luck with the negotiations.

Ted Sobel said...

I've always been amazed you churn out what you do in the face of a real job. Keep it coming.

nisakiman said...

How pleasant to hear that your business is thriving despite the current economic climate. There is so much doom and gloom around at the moment. May you continue to go from strength to strength DP. As already pointed out, your ability to write your bog (with all the research it entails) while running a business is quite staggering! It's as much as I can do to get the odd comment posted!

Good luck to you, and I hope all goes well with your potential increase in business. I do like to see people succeed in their endeavours.

Dick_Puddlecote said...

Such kind comments, thanks nisakiman, Ted and Junican. :)

nisakiman said...

Ha! Just spotted the typo! Why is it we never see them when we give it a quick scan before we post? Although I'm sure you could find time to write all over your bog walls as well! :)